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Chinese Dissident's Conviction Sparks Global Outcry

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Chinese Dissident's Conviction Sparks Global Outcry

Chinese Dissident's Conviction Sparks Global Outcry

Chinese Dissident's Conviction Sparks Global Outcry

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A noted human rights activist in Beijing was sentenced Thursday to three-and-a-half years in prison on charges of subversion. The Western media and human rights groups have focused on the case of 34-year-old Hu Jia as evidence that China is trying to silence political dissent ahead of this summer's Beijing Olympics.

Steve Inskeep talks with NPR's Anthony Kuhn in Beijing about the sentence, which has drawn international criticism.